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Senior Ecologist (Water and Transport)

  • Salary

    €55,000 to €65,000
  • Education level

    Bachelor's degree

We are currently seeking a Senior Ecologist to join our client’s Environment team, based in Dublin (with the option of hybrid working). In this role, you will collaborate with engineers, environmental scientists, and other staff on our portfolio of infrastructure projects in Ireland, with a focus on water and transport sectors, as well as specialist ecology projects.

Desirable Skills/Attributes:

  • A degree in ecology or a related subject.

  • Minimum of five years of post-graduate experience.

  • Membership in CIEEM or an equivalent professional body is desirable.

  • Experience in environmental consultancy is desirable but not required.

  • Desirable experience in phase 1 habitat survey and invasive species field survey, as well as strong botanical skills.

  • Competency in ornithology, terrestrial mammals, and/or bats will also be considered.

  • Detailed knowledge of Appropriate Assessment legislation within Ireland is required.

  • GIS experience is desirable.

  • A full clean driver’s license.


  • The successful applicant will have an excellent understanding of all regulatory and statutory requirements related to ecology/biodiversity in Ireland.

  • Prepare high-quality reports, including Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA), Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEA), and biodiversity chapters for Environmental Impact Assessment Reports (EIAR), as well as Appropriate Assessments.

  • Conduct ecological field surveys and provide mentoring to less experienced staff.

  • Design and coordinate ecology surveys, including ecology staff and sub-consultants.

  • Interpret ecological monitoring data.

  • Manage data using GIS tools (QGIS, MapInfo, or ArcGIS) if applicable.

  • Engage with external stakeholders as necessary.

  • Deliver work to the highest standards and continuously strive to improve its quality.

About the client and benefits:

At our client, they prioritize Environment, Sustainability, and Health & Safety in their business strategy. They possess significant knowledge, skills, and experience to benefit our clients. They build long-term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas. Together with their clients, they are constantly striving to find better ways to accomplish our goals. They are a certified CPD Accredited employer with Engineers Ireland, and we were named Engineers Ireland CPD Employer of the Year in 2021.

They are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where everyone can be themselves, thrive, and develop. From day one, they offer a range of family-friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and employee networks to support staff from different backgrounds. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, they value applications from all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities.

Feel free to apply through Gaia’s website or reach out directly to [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!